Ice dancing medals awarded in Sochi

Americans win first Olympic medal in event

Published On: Feb 17 2014 01:24:28 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 17 2014 06:29:56 AM EST

Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first Americans to win Olympic gold in ice dancing on Monday.

The reigning world champions beat out defending ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, who finished with the silver medal.

Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia finished third for the bronze medal.

The medalists finished in the same order they were in following the short dance portion on Sunday.

Davis and White, both from Michigan, won silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics and are the reigning world champions. The two have been skating together since 1997.

They also won a world championship in 2011 and are six-time (2009-2014) U.S. champions and five-time (2009-2013) Grand Prix Final Champions.

They gave a hint of what they are capable of with their performance in the ice dance portions of the team figure skating event, topping the field with both their short and free skate programs. Despite their performance, Team USA finished with bronze in the event's Olympic debut.